Birkdale Land

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Understanding values and identifying suitable community uses

Council has purchased the former Commonwealth land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale for the Redlands Coast community.

Approximately 44.78 hectares of the total 61.78 hectares are bushland zoned Conservation, and the remaining 17 hectares are cleared land zoned Community Facilities for community purposes.

The land has known-ecological values and features a number of cultural heritage sites, including a scar tree, as well as historic infrastructure associated with the former World War II wireless signal station and Australian Communications and Media Authority facility.

Council has committed to consulting with the community and commissioning additional reports and studies to gain a complete understanding of the site’s environmental, cultural heritage and historical values.

This understanding will inform the community consultation on future potential uses.

Tell us your stories about the land

To help with that understanding we invite you to tell us your story of the land and its history, share your knowledge or simply register for future updates. See information below.

Understanding values and identifying suitable community uses

Council has purchased the former Commonwealth land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale for the Redlands Coast community.

Approximately 44.78 hectares of the total 61.78 hectares are bushland zoned Conservation, and the remaining 17 hectares are cleared land zoned Community Facilities for community purposes.

The land has known-ecological values and features a number of cultural heritage sites, including a scar tree, as well as historic infrastructure associated with the former World War II wireless signal station and Australian Communications and Media Authority facility.

Council has committed to consulting with the community and commissioning additional reports and studies to gain a complete understanding of the site’s environmental, cultural heritage and historical values.

This understanding will inform the community consultation on future potential uses.

Tell us your stories about the land

To help with that understanding we invite you to tell us your story of the land and its history, share your knowledge or simply register for future updates. See information below.

Tell your story

Your stories and experiences are important to this first round of community engagement which is focused on the values of the land.

Share your pictures, videos and stories here and we will publish your experiences, provided they meet the moderation guidelines.

In sharing your experiences, your images and stories may be used as part of the reports and ongoing consultation activities associated with the project.


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    The Capalaba Radio Station

    by John Ryan, 23 days ago

    In 1964 I was sent to what was then called the Capalaba Radio Station by the PMG's department.

    The eastern end of the building was being used by the section that checked that all the radio stations in Queensland were on the right frequency etc. and also made mostly unsuccessful attempts to stop the boaties from using bad language on the radio.

    In conjunction with the transmitting station at Hemmant the western end was used for transmission of telegrams to and from Thursday Island in morse code. I understood this was the main communications with Torres Strait. A receiver was... Continue reading

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    Background

    by Glenn Dunstan, 11 months ago

    The Birkdale site played a vital role during World War two – it served as the receiving station for radio messages from the US high command in Washington DC to General MacArthur in Brisbane.

    The direct communications between Australia and the USA provided by the Birkdale site and its companion transmitting station at Hemmant were crucial for Allied victory in the Pacific.

    The stations used High Frequency (HF or “short wave”) radio to send and receive their messages. Whilst the functions of two stations have been replaced by satellite links and undersea cables, HF radio is still widely used.

    One... Continue reading

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